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Music and Movement

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/14/17 3:41 PM / by Patricia Guth posted in Learning, play, music movement, development

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Most children seem to enjoy the sound of music. They often ask to hear their favorite songs again and again, usually not caring how their voices, or the voice of the adult sounds while singing it. Movement seems to follow naturally with music.
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The Latest on Screen Time

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/12/16 9:03 AM / by Patricia Guth posted in Learning

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From Exchange Everyday December 8, 2016

Never explain. Your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
-Elbert Hubbard in The Note Book

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The Five Different Play Categories of Early Learning

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/3/16 12:16 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Learning, play

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Did you know that there are five different play categories of early learning? These categories can be combined or practiced individually. Does your early learner encounter all of these categories each week? See below to find out!

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5 Hidden Ingestible Dangers to Toddlers

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/18/16 2:38 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in safety, children

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Do you know the most common dangers in the home for accidental ingestion by toddlers? See below for five of these items and suggestions on how to avoid them.

 

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5 Ways Your Toddler’s Early Learning Center Facilitates Play Learning

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/10/16 11:50 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care, Teachers, Learning

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Is your toddler enrolled in an early learning program? See below for five ways that your child’s early learning teacher facilitates play-based learning for your child’s development.

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4 Books That Reinforce the Concepts of Good Behavior for Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/3/16 10:54 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Learning, book, behavior

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Are you looking to discuss appropriate behavior with your early learner in a way that is fun and interactive? Here are four books that introduce and reinforce the concepts of good behavior for early learners (without being boring or scary!).

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5 Must-Have Multicultural and Diversity Books for Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/15/16 9:38 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care, Learning, diversity, book, multiculture

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Are you looking to introduce your early learner, baby through PreK, to literature that discusses the diversity of people here and abroad? Check out these five (it was so hard to choose!) wonderful books concerning multiculturalism and acceptance of differences.

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5 Ways to Keep Early Learners Busy While YOU’RE Studying

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/11/16 9:34 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Teachers, outdoor activities, summer

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I’m fortunate enough to have a career where I work with non-traditional college students. These driven individuals often return to school after working for a number of years, and come back with a variety of experiences and perspectives, and also full families in tow!

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Four Ways to Promote Cognitive Development and Their Matching Activities

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/29/16 9:43 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care, Learning

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Ron Spreeuwenberg of Hi Mama (an early learning resource) states that there are four different groups of activities that promote cognitive development in early learners. Cognitive development, or brain development, in the preschool years is incredibly important for early learners as they proceed from grade to grade. See below for four categories of cognitive development and matching activities to try with your early learner.

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Registration opens for the inaugural Par-Tee for Tots

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/27/16 3:29 PM / by Carol Conway

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Grammy Tammy's Top 5 Potty Training Tips

Through the years, we’ve received tons of questions from parents about potty training. Some of the most common include:

At what age should I begin potty training my child?
How can I tell my child is ready for potty training?
How long does potty training take?

The most important factor to consider is that each child is unique. Teaching your little one to use the toilet is a journey, and the experience will vary for each individual. While there is no specific age when potty training should begin, there are some signs that indicate your child is ready to start using the bathroom on their own. Being aware of these cues, switching from diapers to underwear, and sticking to a routine are all crucial components of successful toilet training.

Follow these five useful tips below to guide you on your potty training journey.